But, as like most things that eventually come back around, its come back around to playgrounds for me.
The playground committee for the town of Bristol, Vermont chose my design as the winner of their "Bristol Green Natural Playspace" design contest.
"Natural playscapes offer a wide range of open-ended play options that allow people to be creative and use their imagination. They offer a wide range of developmental benefits to children, rehabilitation programs and all people in general."
More than once I have observed my children choosing to climb a tree next to a playground rather than climb on the playground structures. The strong pull of being in the natural landscape inspired this idea of a woodland playscape. Because of the flat site of the Bristol Green, I chose to add organic elements that could give the feel of a flowing space.
Children love to follow paths: be it in the woods or on a playground. With an undulating path, which is accessible to all and travels throughout & around the green, it is one of the two main focuses of the playground & it creates smaller play spaces within a larger playscape.
If you would like to contribute to the success of this inclusive natural playground, go here!